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Welcome to the website of the Priory of the Holy Spirit, also known as Blackfriars, Oxford.

Here in the middle of one of the great university cities of the world is to be found a community of about twenty Dominican friars, where prayer, study and preaching are at the centre of our lives. We are a young and vibrant community, a community where young friars are formed in the Dominican life and for their future lives as priests or co-operator brothers.

One of the mottos of the Dominican Order is "to pass on to others the fruits of our contemplation," and so our prayer, study and preaching form a unity and complement each other.  We seek to be true to the spirit of St Dominic through the celebration of the sacraments and preaching in our church, by living together in community, through our educational apostolates (Blackfriars Hall and Studium – please see the other main sections of the Blackfriars website for more information), and by working to build up the Kingdom of God in whatever way we can.  

This website too is part of our preaching, helping people to find out more about our Dominican lives, what we do and what we can offer. We pray for our benefactors and for all to whom we minister, and we also ask you to pray for us.


News & Events

13th Sep
The Scovil Scholarship in Christian Art and Theology

New scholarship offered by the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford and Blackfriars Hall.

25th Jun
Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2018

'Ethical Issues in Psychiatric Diagnosis' - July 2018, 4.30pm

24th Apr
'Did the Saviour See the Father?'

Fr. Simon Gaine's book, now out in paperback.

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Email:Contact UsPhone:(01865) 278400Address:Blackfriars, St Giles
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